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Custom Hock (Ankle) Brace | Dog Tarsal - Rear Leg Brace

CUSTOM DOG Braces - Order Process


Purchase your Custom Brace. 



We send you a Casting Kit for you to make a mold of your pet's limb.


You ship us the mold. We use it to build a custom brace for your pet.



We ship you the finished custom brace. You fit it to your pet. Your pet is on their way to recovery!


Illustration of the raised area of the ankle that is measured for hock circumference.

Hock Circumference

Measure the circumference of the leg just above the hock (the raised part of the ankle below the knee)

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fabrication time takes 5-7 business days after receiving your cast.


Most braces are made with a Tamarack hinge, which allows for full range of motion while preventing abnormal motion. Some diagnoses will require an alternative, Range of Motion (ROM) hinge. There is an additional $200 charge when fabricating a custom brace that requires a ROM hinge.


Our shell is constructed from durable polypropylene. The cast you send us forms the blueprint for the shell, so it is imperative you cast your dog's leg correctly. When cast correctly, the resulting custom brace fits the contours of your dog's leg precisely.


Most dog ankle braces are made without a paw segment. This is especially advised when the dog is particularly active or has a bilateral (both legs) diagnosis. However, a paw segment is recommended when your dog is "knuckling" (dragging the top of their foot along the ground while walking) which is common with ankle and Achilles tendon injuries. If you are unsure if a paw piece is needed, please contact your venterinarian before ordering.


Conditions That Benefit From a Custom Dog Ankle Brace

  • Primarily used post-operatively after Achilles tendon repair, as an alternative to external fixation devices that require drilling into healthy bone
  • Knuckling is common with Achilles tendon injuries, so a paw segment attached to a custom hock brace is often recommended
  • Uneven distribution of pressure can also be resolved with a hock brace with a paw segment

Benefits of a Custom Dog Ankle Brace

  • Provides support to the affected area
  • Stabilizes the joint
  • Decreases the time and expense of injury/post-surgical recovery
  • Helps improve your dog's activity level by providing a return to near-normal joint function
  • Allows for easier wound/surgical site inspection
  • Reduces pressure on the contralateral (opposite) limb, preventing further injury


  • Hand-sculpted using thermal & vacuum formed technology
  • Fitted to your pets very own limb
  • Cushioning non-porous medical grade foam to ease pressure on affected area
  • Adjustable durable hook and loop strap system to tighten and loosen for comfort
  • Made in the USA
  • Removable device
  • One Year Warranty


  • Hand-crafted using vacuum forming and thermal technology
  • Waterproof
  • Tamarack hinges allow motion that mimics normal ligament mobility
  • Tamarack hinges allow for limited or locked range of motion; where diagnosis requires greater range of motion, a specialized ROM hinge can be fabricated with the brace instead
Care & Use


  • Use light soapy water or antibacterial wipes to clean the plastic shell and non-porous liner of the brace.
  • Hand-wash pads as needed and let them air dry.
  • Remove any hair or dirt from the hook and loop straps with a wire brush, gently brushing in one direction on the hook side only.


Break-In Period

Similarly to breaking in a new pair of shoes, the Custom Dog Ankle Brace should initially be worn in short increments as your dog builds up a tolerance to the device. You can facilitate this process by positively reinforcing and rewarding your dog for wearing the brace. For best results, place the brace on your pet for only half an hour the first day. You can typically increase this time by a further half hour each subsequent day. However, the break-in period and time of each increment will depend on your pet's diagnosis. Be sure discuss any changes with your Animal Ortho Care practitioner and/or veterinarian.

If there is any irritation or skin breakdown, discontinue use of the brace for one full day. If irritation continues, contact your veterinarian.

Skin & Brace Examination

It is crucial that you thoroughly inspect your pet's skin after each use of the Custom Dog Ankle Brace. This is especially important during the initial break-in period. While it is not uncommon to see minor problems for the first few weeks of brace usage, make note of any blisters or other unusual marks on the skin. Skin redness that does not disappear within an hour after the brace is removed and other signs of skin breakdown are indications of excessive pressure from the brace. The brace can easily be modified to relieve these areas of irritation.

You should also carefully examine the brace itself after each use. Identify any cracks, tears, or areas of unusual wear. Padding and the hook and loop straps can be replaced by contacting Animal Ortho Care. Consult our warranty terms for other details on the service process.

Hygiene & Cleaning

Both the Custom Dog Ankle Brace and areas of skin that come into contact with it must be kept clean. This reduces the chance of your dog contracting contact dermatitis or other skin conditions. Regularly clean the brace with a mixture of half water, half isopropyl alcohol. After cleaning, dry with a towel or let the brace dry at room temperature. Do not speed the drying process through use of applied heat, such as from a hair dryer. Never put a wet brace onto your pet, as it will affect the fit. A properly-fitted brace can be worn in water, but should be thoroughly dried after use before re-application.


  • Outer Shell: polypropylene, polyethylene, co-polymer
  • Inner Liner: closed-cell polyethylene foam




What is included with the purchase of a Custom Dog Ankle Brace?

Purchases of our Custom Dog Ankle Braces include a free casting kit, which you will use before we begin fabricating the brace itself. Once you have cast your dog's leg - or legs if you are ordering a pair of Custom Braces - you will mail us the casts. At that point we craft your brace order based on the cast of your dog's leg, and then send the Custom Braces back to you.

What happens if the brace does not fit correctly?

Please contact us and we will work with you to find the fit! The hook and loop straps give you some freedom to adjust the brace yourself. Depending on the issues with the fit, we may instruct you to ship it back to us for more extensive modification.

Please note it is imperative that you take an accurate cast of your dog's leg in order for the brace to have the best possible fit. Please refer to our casting directions and be sure that you are familiar with them before attempting a casting.

What if my dog's brace needs refurbishment?

You can order replacement straps and pads off of our website. Strap replacements are free within the first 90 days of your purchase. If the brace liner needs repair or replacement you will need to send the brace to AOC for repair; this has a cost of $100.00.

How often can my dog wear this brace?

As described in the Care & Use section, there is a two-week break-in period where you gradually increase the length of time your dog wears a Custom Brace. Once that period is complete you can generally leave the brace on your dog for as long as needed during a day. However, be sure to remove the brace at least twice daily so you can examine your dog's skin and fur for any irritation or damage.

Please remove the brace before your dog goes to bed at night.

Can my dog use stairs while wearing this brace?

Yes! However, give your dog a few days of using the brace before they attempt stairs. If they seem to be adjusting well to the brace and moving comfortably, you should be able to introduce stairs. Be sure to supervise their first few attempts.

How Long is the Fabrication Process?

Once we receive the cast of your dog's leg, it takes 5-7 business days to fabricate the brace. Expedited Fabrication is available for $150.00, and reduces the fabrication time to 3 business days.

How Long Will Shipping Take?

We offer free 5-7 business day ground shipping for both the casting kit and custom brace, as well as 2 Business Day or Overnight shipping options for an additional charge. If you select an expedited shipping option, we will ship the casting kit to you based on that option. Once we receive the cast of your dog's leg and fabricate the Custom Brace, we will ship that using the same option you selected at checkout.

Please note that we cannot deliver a Custom Dog Knee Brace to a PO box.

Is the Casting Process Difficult?

The difficulty of casting will depend on your dog; more anxious or badly injured dogs may find the process more distressing. It is recommended that you perform the process with at least 2 people, and may find it easier with 3-4.

We provide casting videos on our website under the Pawcademy section. Instructions are also included in the casting kit. We can also walk you or your veterinarian through the casting process, so please contact us with questions or concerns before you begin casting your dog's leg.


how to cast for a custom hock dog brace

Customer Reviews

Based on 21 reviews
H C McGehee
Very well made; only one suggestion

It would be much easier to slide a tapered Velcro strap through the metal piece as opposed to a blunt tip piece of Velcro. The blunt tip has to fit more exact and that can be hard to do on a rambunctious Lab. All in all the brace was a perfect fit.

Thank you so much for your feedback, we will share this great feedback with the team. We are so happy to hear the brace fits well. Please do let us know if you have questions along the way. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review.

Animal Ortho Care

Arlene Adamic

The people there are so nice .I had to cancel my order because of the virus my dog was not diagnosed with Cushing desease. He fell and went lame we had to hire dog ambulance out of Cleveland to get him to animal hospital.When he fell he ripped his elbows off with exposed bone. They couldn’t be fixed and we had no choice but to let him go. We are heartbroken but we couldn’t get the braces soon enough. We got a refund. Should one of my other Standard Poodles need help or any of my friends I will definitely send them there .Hope that explains it all.

Hi Arlene,
We are so deeply sorry to hear what happened. It is never easy to lose a furry loved one. Please know if you ever need anything down the line we are always here to help.

Animal Ortho Care

Jessica Gianetto, DVM
Had to send back

The leg brace rubbed a bloody sore in 24 hours on my dog’s leg (even though a cast was made). I contacted the company and had to send it back for them to adjust it (I had to pay for the extra shipping cost) and I’m still waiting on the fix. The customer service was friendly and easy to work with.

Hi Jessica,
Thank for you for writing us a review. Appreciate you allowing us the opportunity to make adjustments to have the brace fit better. Please let customer care knows if you have any questions or concerns once you receive the modified brace.

Animal Ortho Care

Ellen Gajda
Comfortable, Effective Leg Brace

My 100 lb. yellow lab, Noah has shown significant improvement in healing his partially torn tendon by wearing this custom-made leg brace.

2 braces for degenerative Achilles issues

The braces themselves are great. It’s wonderful to see my pup walk, run, jump and play again! We are having one issue with the straps are already showing sever signs of wear and tear. We have only had the braces for about 70 days. For the price of the braces I would have thought the straps would hold up better. The hard brace portion is fantastic and holding up well.

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